My dear friend and fellow Army Wife, Kori Yates, brings us this deep discussion on the Fear of the Lord for this week’s edition of Word Nerd Wednesday.
Where our fear lies changes everything.
In our Christian walk we can fear the things that can kill the body or we can fear the One. The two fears are so very different, though. The first one, the fear of man, keeps us frozen and ineffective. It keeps us from doing the things God has commanded and called us to do. The second fear, the fear of the Lord, changes everything. It gives freedom and hope in a world that seems to have lost both. God’s way is so much better.
Fear of the Lord
Fear of the Lord. It is a good thing, a necessary thing to live the life God has called us to. Fearing the Lord is something we are supposed to do, but what is it and how does it play out in real life?
Let’s look at just a few examples of where it shows up in Scripture:
And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God,
for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as we are this day.
Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
who greatly delights in his commandments!
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
Fear in Scripture can mean multiple things. The word Fear in these instances is the Hebrew word “yir’ah.” According to Strong’s dictionary, it means “respect, reverence, piety.” Truly, we could equate this with bowing our heads in prayer or taking off a hat when entering the Sanctuary, but it is so much more.
The Fear of the Lord comes down to Lordship. Who/What truly reigns in our heart? Humility and reverence before the Lord Almighty doesn’t bring defeat or failure. Instead it brings hope, freedom, and joy. It’s a weird result, I know, that fear would lead to such things, but Fear of the Lord is unlike fear of anything else. It honors God, recognizing His power and control over all things. At the same time, it is a gentle reminder to us of His great love for us.
Benefits of Fearing the Lord
Not only does it help us recognize who He is but it seems fearing the Lord has its benefits. In the examples above, Fear of the Lord brings wisdom, life, and blessing. In other areas of Scripture, it seems to bring knowledge, confidence, and honor. Fearing the Lord definitely has its pluses. But more than anything the Fear of the Lord puts our hearts in the right place, in humble obedience to the One, and its then that He can use us in the most amazing ways.
What are we afraid of today? Who are we subtly serving instead of setting apart Christ as Lord?
Kori is the Founder and Director of Planting Roots, a growing organization that is building a community of Christian military women worldwide. Also an author (“Olive Drab Pom-Poms“) and speaker, Kori is a former Marine and current Army wife. Kori is married to Kyle, an active duty Soldier, and homeschooling mom to two children ages twelve and nine. The Yates’ currently live in Stuttgart, Germany.
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